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Using power in a managerial position

Hello I need help responding to the following:

1. Power has been defined as the ability to alter another person's behavior. In what ways can a manager use position power to alter someone's behavior?

2. Suppose your boss suggested that your contribution to the department would be stronger if you could draw on a more versatile portfolio of political behaviors. Identify a political tactics you would feel comfortable using and describe a situation in which you might use it.

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Use of position power to alter someone's behaviour
An online source defines position power as the authority and influence bestowed by a position or office on whoever is filling or occupying it. (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/position-power.html ). As such, because of a superior's position power, subordinates would adjust their behaviour in order to cope with a situation. Using his power as a CEO, members of organizations below may adjust their behaviour accordingly. Using his power, he could easily convince them to support an alternative project to be pursued by the company.
Another online source confirmed this by noting that position power is an assumed authority or influence that a person holds ...

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The power in a managerial position are used. Suggested contributions for a boss are given.